The Los Angeles Times has revealed that Berkeley City Council 'Code' Officers have out of 28,000 rental properties, carried out just 300 visual only checks on balconies and other painted over wood [sealed] areas.
The recent collapse of a balcony in Berkeley is however prompting changes in the law. The Berkeley City Council is considering new, strict requirements on waterproofing balconies and other sealed areas now that officials have confirmed substantial dry rot was to blame for the collapse that killed Irish students and injured seven more.
The Los Angeles Times asks if this raises questions about what other cities are doing to check for water damage and balcony safety?
In the last 11 months, Berkeley code enforcement officers made visual checks on just 300 of the city’s 28,000 rental units.
The bodies of Eoghan Culligan, Lorcán Miller, Niccolai Schuster and Eimear Walsh, were flown back to Ireland over the weekend. Ashley Donohoe, the sixth student was buried in California .
Four of the families issued a brief statement:
"As we leave Berkeley and return home to Ireland with our beloved sons and daughters, Eimear, Eoghan, Lorcan and Niccolai, we would like to thank everyone in America and Ireland for their sympathy and support, which has been a tremendous comfort to us at this tragic time," the families said.
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